San Francisco Examiner's Scores

  • Movies
For 779 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Movie review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Magnolia
Lowest review score: 0 Lost Souls
Score distribution:
779 movie reviews
  1. Flawless is what happens when a filmmaker has no sense of naturalism, no sense of realism and no real natural sense.
  2. It's handsome filmmaking that doesn't surface until the final 25 minutes during which Stevo and company's sense of marginalization achieves the palpable, emotional import that's more expressive than anything its characters' have to bitch about.
  3. I HATE to whine, but if Michael Douglas is half as tired of playing yuppie scum as I am of watching him do it, then he must be napping on a regular basis by now.
  4. Ludicrously written and appallingly directed by ex-film critic Rod Lurie, seems to pride itself on the fact that it never (ever) leaves the greasy-spoon milieu in which the president and his staff are trapped by heavy snowfall.
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  5. As insulting as taking the queen to the Olive Garden.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you haven't taken your mother to a movie in a while, this is the ticket, with its PG-13 rating, lack of violence and like that.
  6. Ryan has an edge that is extremely becoming…This is her best work yet.
  7. Although most of the stars of this movie are real, live actors, Casper is mostly just a big cartoon in which those live actors must interact with some devilishly clever spectral animation.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not as predictable as the rest of its ilk.
  8. One is hesitant to praise a movie that takes about an hour to get itself going, but it's important to report that once Out to Sea does get going, it makes you laugh.
  9. Modestly better than last year's awful "End of Days," though it falls well short of Arnold's "Terminator" peak period.
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  10. The picture seems to have been intended as a political satire, but only a Hollywood executive could mistake it for the real thing.
  11. A misfire.
  12. The good guys metamorphose into bad guys and back into good guys with dazzling efficiency in Brian Helgeland's disturbing, comic script.
  13. The ending is a disappointment, a perfunctory upbeat gesture.
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  14. Sometimes the movie lacks a quietness, an omission most egregiously felt at the end.
  15. Dalmatians proves an apt playground for Hughes as one could surmise that his inspiration for treating comic bad guys in his movies so violently comes from a cartoon sensibility.
  16. You can see Bobby and Peter Farrelly bent over blowing violently into the sails of this toy boat, trying to get it to move.
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Quick and the Dead takes on a more serious tone - as if, even in this loonily amoral environment, we're supposed to care about atrocities. The film builds to a satisfyingly catastrophic climax full of biblical flames and fluttering bank notes, but there's far too much dead time along the way.
  17. The veteran Baker anchors the proceedings, and you would like to see more of her character.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The sudden cranking of the volume that makes us jump, even if we're just watching a cow chew on its cud.
  18. An au natural (read: graphic) tryst-a-thon whose fashion sense is outweighed only by its bulky sexual intellectualism.
  19. The glory of the picture is the eye-popping, surreal backgrounds that blast the conventional characters off the screen.
  20. A proudly unsophisticated demonstration of racial progress.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Spacek and Walken are pure comic energy.
  21. The laserdisc of media movies - it plays fine, but it's clunky and cumbersome.
  22. Shows how Tinseltown sensibilities can be well thought out even on a low budget.
  23. Leonardo DiCaprio? Excuse me, Leonardo DiCaprio? I know he makes teenaged girls cry, but, I mean, Leonardo DiCaprio?
  24. Deadly funny.
  25. A workmanlike effort. It's not startling and it's not incompetent.

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